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SAINT PAUL TRAIL – 8 days self-guided program
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This continuous trek starts on the shores of lake Eğirdir and follows the eastern branch of the long distance walk from Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvaç) deep in the Taurus mountains to Perge near the coast. The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the way of life of the inhabitants of the old stone and timber villages along the route; you will often stay in village houses, see the local handcrafts, watch cheese and yoghurt making and enjoy the tasty village foods. The trip includes a visit to the major Roman city of Selge as well as many opportunities to look at bulbs and birds during the walks. Our trail follows beautiful sections of Roman roads and migration routes in use since Roman times (and perhaps even walked by st Paul himself!) in this spectacular area of forests, canyons, rivers and peaks.
Day 1: Meeting at Antalya airport
Day 2–7: Trek on St. Paul trail
Day 8: Transfer to Antalya airport
Available May – October
Grade B: trekking averages 5/6 hrs per day with daypack (including breaks). All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop.
Equipment Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, rain gear, swim wear, sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream, and a 30-40 litre day sack. Walking sticks are recommended.
6 nights in pensions, 1 night in hotel.
Evening meals are soups or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet. Lunches are picnics provided by the accommodations.
Price: 555 £ (pound) p.p.
Prices are based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement on request
Included: – all transfers (also from/to Antalya) and luggage transfers
– 7 nights accommodation
– all meals (breakfast, picnic lunches, dinners)
Excluded: – flights
– water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during meals
– optional rafting excursion (appr. 20 Pound, to pay locally)
– entrance fees to historical sites and museums
Day 1: Arrival Antalya – transfer to Eğirdir
After your flight arrival we will transfer you to Eğirdir pension (ca. 2 hrs drive).
Dinner and overnight in Lale Pension in Eğirdir:
Day 2: walk Sivri peak (8,5km / 4hrs / +505m / -515m).
After an uphill transfer to Akpınar village (20 mins.) you walk to the Prostanna ruins and continue to the top of Sivri Hill (1800m.). You go back along the same route and enjoy a break in Akpınar at a cafe with lovely bird’s eye views across the lake. Transfer back to Eğirdir.
Dinner and overnight in Lale Pension in Eğirdir:
Day 3: Sipahiler – Serpil (14,5km / 5hrs / +400m / -700m)
Transfer from Eğirdir to Sipahiler (40mins) and walk on the St Paul trail to Serpil. Today’s walk goes over a pass in the forest then across spectacular limestone ridges and through indigenous oak forest, passing shepherds huts and grazing lands with the possibility to observe cattle and wild horses.
You meet with the transfer car in Serpil and drive back to the pension (20 mins).
Dinner and overnight in Lale Pension in Eğirdir.
Day 4: Saray Yolu Fountain – Adada – Sağrak (14km / 5hrs / +150m / -655m)
Morning transfer from Eğirdir to Saray Yolu Fountain (45 mins. with luggage). You walk through a rural landscape with tiny hamlets, wild horses and age old trees to the ancient city of Adada where 3 major temples are still standing alongside the smallest ancient theatre in Anatolia. You then walk down along the ancient roman road where St. Paul actually walked to Sağrak village where you meet with the car for a transfer to Kasımlar and your pension (35 mins).
Dinner and overnight in St Paul Yolu Pension in Kasımlar
Day 5: Tota Pasture – Kasımlar (18km / 6hrs / +330m / -830m)
Transfer from Kasımlar to the Tota pasture (20 mins).The walk takes you from this Tota pasture along a ridge top to the ruins of a Byzantine church. The descent is through the forest. You will explore the forest, which has miniature wild tulips and other bulbs and enjoy the spectacular views. The walk finishes in the pension in Kasımlar.
Dinner and overnight in St Paul Yolu Pension in Kasımlar.
Day 6: Fındık – Kesme (14km / 6hrs / +710m / -390m)
Transfer from Kasımlar to start of walk in the Fındık neighbourhood (10 mins. with luggage). The spectacular route starts at a bridge across the river and will take you over the rim of the canyon on old paved paths, down through mysterious rock formations passing rural huts, ancient ruins and meeting many goats along the way. You meet with the car in Kesme and transfer to the pension in Çaltepe (1hr).
Dinner and overnight at Erdinç Barca Pension in Çaltepe.
Day 7: Kestanelik (Kubuluk) – Selge (10,5km / 3hrs / +490m / -350m)
You have a 20 mins. transfer to the start of the walk at Kestanelik (Kubuluk). Today’s walk is not that long so a leisurely start is possible. You follow an age old route, at times beautifully paved, through a dreamy landscape of dark forest and imaginative rock formations. You reach Selge ancient city where you will have time to explore the many ruins of this once huge city.
Afternoon transfer to Perge Pension on the banks of the Köprülü river (25 mins).
Dinner and overnight at Perge Pension, Köprülü canyon.
Day 8: Köprülü canyon & departure
You can enjoy an optional swimming or rafting excursion on the river (pay locally).
Depending on your program and flight you meet with the car for your transfer to Antalya (1hr 45mins).